can rabbits eat leeks

Can Rabbits eat Leeks?

Leeks are a member of the allium family, like garlic and onions, but have a distinct flavour like their family counterparts. Their flavour is quite harsh when it is eaten raw but when they are cooked they have a different flavour which is like a mild onion but sweeter.

In their appearance, two thirds of it is white and firm and this is the part which is mainly eaten but the rest is made up of leaves which are discarded.

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They are a versatile vegetable and they work well with different recipes and as a side dish.

So can rabbits eat leeks and if they can how much of them can be eaten?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them. In particular their sugar, fat, phosphorous, acidic, protein and calcium content is particularly of interest.

Energy 255 kJ (61 kcal)
Carbohydrates
14.15 g
Sugars 3.9 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 1.5 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(10%) 83 μg
(9%) 1000 μg
1900 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.06 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.03 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.14 mg
Vitamin B6 (18%) 0.233 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 64 μg
Vitamin C (14%) 12 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.92 mg
Vitamin K (45%) 47 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (6%) 59 mg
Iron (16%) 2.1 mg
Magnesium (8%) 28 mg
Manganese (23%) 0.481 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (4%) 180 mg
Other constituents
Water 83 g

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As you can see, Leeks contain some calcium, sugar fibre and phosphorus. This means that they are not the greatest vegetable for rabbits eat, in fact it is best that they are not eaten by rabbits at all as they may cause them stomach problems.

They also cannot eat cooked leeks as rabbits cannot eat cooked food at all, let alone eat leeks because they are bad for them.

Originally posted 2014-12-08 23:01:40.

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